New article: States of Legal Denial

My article on How the State in Myanmar Uses Law to Exclude the Rohingya, is now out outline with Journal of Contemporary Asia. This comes as protests are set to occur in Myanmar on 10 December in support of Daw Suu and her position on the Rohingya. The We Stand with You campaign comes in advance ofContinue reading “New article: States of Legal Denial”

Hope, Despair and the New Normal in Myanmar

*This article first appeared in The Interpreter on 9 May 2019.  Human rights advocates had a rare chance to celebrate yesterday as two local Reuters journalists were released from prison. Their situation is viewed by the international community as a test case of the political reform process in Myanmar. The case is a remind of the mixedContinue reading “Hope, Despair and the New Normal in Myanmar”

Myanmar’s press freedom mirage

Note: This article was first published on 20 November 2018 at The Interpreter here. It has been a bad year for press freedom across Southeast Asia. Myanmar has been no exception. Media freedom fell to new lows this month as a self-proclaimed anti-Rohingya supporter, American Rick Heizman, was welcomed with open arms in Myanmar. Heizman, a little-known musician andContinue reading “Myanmar’s press freedom mirage”

Elections a sham in Rakhine State

Note: This article was first published here at The Interpreter (Lowy Institute) on 1 November 2018 People go to the polls on Saturday in Myanmar, or at least some of them do. On 3 November 2018, the Union Election Commission will coordinate by-elections across 13 electorates. Most are to fill seats from vacancies due to deaths of senior membersContinue reading “Elections a sham in Rakhine State”

States of Denial: How the Rohingya Lost the Right to Vote

This coming Friday I will speak at Northwestern’s Buffet Institute for Global Studies in Evanston on ‘States of Interpretive Denial in Myanmar’. Abstract of the talk:  The international community celebrated the 2015 Myanmar elections and the success of the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi. It was even more remarkable that theContinue reading “States of Denial: How the Rohingya Lost the Right to Vote”

Seminar at Buffett Institute’s Global Politics and Religion Faculty Research Group

On 5 October 2018, I will give a talk at Northwestern’s Buffet Institute Global Politics and Religion Faculty Research Group, at the Evanston campus, US.  The topic of my talk is “States of Interpretive Denial in Myanmar: How the Rohingya Lost the Right to Vote and Why it Matters“ Abstract of the talk: The international communityContinue reading “Seminar at Buffett Institute’s Global Politics and Religion Faculty Research Group”